Workshop, Universität Potsdam, 20. Juni 2019
Markus Pöhlmann

During World War One, the occupation and administration of foreign territories developed as a task hitherto unknown to European militaries in form, scope and duration. Due to the operational development between 1914 and 1918, occupation became a task for the German army in particular. In the occupied territories, soldiers encountered civilians of the enemy warring powers and vice versa. The zones of occupation became areas for rest and recreation for the forces and an economic reservoir to be exploited in a totalizing conflict. Military oppression, some (limited) forms of resistance and collaboration and covert operations by the Allied military and intelligence services turned the territories occupied by the German armies into a space where the enforcement of the laws of war was challenged regularly and in various and sometimes violent ways.

Recent scholarship has highlighted the emergence of a particular “Culture of the Occupied” (James E. Connolly), at least in Northern France. The workshop seizes this suggestion. It examines the interdependency of internal and external security in Belgium and France but moves the focus from the occupied towards the occupiers.

 

Program

 

12.00

Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel (Potsdam)

Opening Remarks

 

12.15

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Debruyne (Louvain-la-Neuve) / Dr. habil. Markus Pöhlmann (Potsdam)

Introduction

 

12.30

Dr. Jonathan E. Gumz (Birmingham)

Reconsidering the Late 19th Century's Approach to Occupation

 

13.00

Dr. James E. Connolly (London)

The Culture of the Occupied and Surveillance: Some Reflections

 

13.30

Dr. habil. Markus Pöhlmann (Potsdam)

Counterintelligence and the German Army

 

14.00

Discussion

 

14.30

Coffee Break

 

15.00

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Debruyne (Louvain-la-Neuve)

A Good Job? Measuring the Efficiency of the German Secret Police by its Impact on the Intelligence Networks

 

15.30

Élise Rezsöhazy, MA (Louvain-la-Neuve)

The Officers of the Geheime Feldpolizei as a Social Group: Belgium and France, 1914-18

 

16.00

Dr. Florian Altenhöner (Berlin)

Vom Krieg zum Nachkrieg: Militärische Nachrichtendienste und ihr Blick nach Innen, 1918/19

 

16.30

Prof. Dr. Pieter Lagrou (Bruxelles)

Ramdohr Trial, June 1921: The Modus Operandi of the Geheime Feldpolizei under Question

 

17.00

Discussion

 

17.30

Book Presentation: Emmanuel Debruyne, « Femmes à Boches ». Occupation du corps féminin dans la France et la Belgique de la Grande Guerre (Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2018).

 

18.30

End of the workshop

 

The workshop is co-funded by the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte e.V., the Chair for Militärgeschichte/Kulturgeschichte der Gewalt at Potsdam University and the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique at Université catholique de Louvain.

 

Conveners

Emmanuel Debruyne (Louvain-la-Neuve) / Markus Pöhlmann (Potsdam)

 

Registration

Attendance is free of charge but due to limited space participants are invited to register at Julius Becker (julbecke@uni-potsdam.de) before 10 June 2019.

 

Venue

Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, House 8, Room 56

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